“This place is amazing! The whole front wall is sliding doors that open to the most beautiful tranquil garden with Pond and waterfall, palm trees. The home was beautifully appointed with every comfort you could imagine; I was in heaven!” -Susan, 2019 - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
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Murphy bed that has a sofa underneath. Perfect for 1 person. - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
Kitchenette with a hot plate, microwave, small oven / toaster combo, nespresso machine and a mini fridge.  - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
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Our guest today is feeling lucky with this gorgeous peony bouquet! - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
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Kitchenette with a hot plate, microwave, small oven / toaster combo, nespresso machine and a mini fridge.  - The Lily Pad - Emeryville

“The Lily Pad is amazing, living here for a few months was peaceful and really a whole new world. I’d sit in the hammock, read a book and have a glass of wine, it was so relaxing.Thank you for making me feel I am home.” - Lucy, Nov 2019 - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
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“I felt like I was back in Bali! The Oasis was beyond beautiful and exactly what I needed to clear my head and soak up the good energy. Communication was immaculate. The energy of the space is wonderful. I loved it! Thank you! ~ Charisse, Jan 2021 - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
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“I felt like I was back in Bali! There are not enough words to express my experience at Albena's place. It was in the perfect location, close to all the yummy places to eat. The Oasis was beyond beautiful and exactly what I needed..” ~ Charisse, 2021 - The Lily Pad - Emeryville
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To protect the koi fish from the raccoons, we have installed a low voltage electric fence at night ( from 7 pm - 7 am )
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Dream BIG in a TINY home!

Garden Studio | SOLO retreat.

Roll in the hammock under the palm trees with a book, immerse yourself in the tropical gardens, meditate surrounded by flowers and songbirds, fall to sleep to the sound of the koi fish Lilly pond waterfall.

A Modern & Minimalist TINY space designed with a minimum impact in mind - tucked away in the back of our Craftsman.

A hidden gem, close to shops, restaurants; 10-20 min drive to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland.

FREE street PARKING.

🌿 The Lily Pad is a TINY, minimalist studio, tucked away in the back tropical gardens of our 1910 Craftsman house, overlooking the koi fish lily pond and surrounded by lush greenery!

It’s an unique, serene and a peaceful experience, yet a walking distance to several local restaurants, boutiques, cinema, shops and bars.🌿

It’s the perfect self-care/ solo escape - writers/artist creative retreat.

Great for a SINGLE traveler!
MAX OCCUPANCY is 1 person at all times!

The perfect solo escape for people who love the minimalist lifestyle and who are KIND, CLEAN and ORGANIZED!

The Lily Pad is sporting clean design lines, hydronic heated floors, Venetian Plaster, comfortable, convertible setting, amazing views, beautiful custom touches and our love for open, modern and sustainable living.

With its floor-to ceiling glass walls, it blurs the indoor and outdoor and creates an unique contemporary atmosphere with the serenity of an urban oasis.

Get lost in the greenery and experience our new TINY Modern and Minimalist Garden Guest Studio with a comfortable double Murphy bed converting into a sofa. 🌿 🍃

Nikolay and I have been obsessed with sustainable, tiny living while optimizing space, functionality , esthetics and minimizing our carbon footprint for quite some time now.

It’s a showcase of our love to minimalism, sustainability, functionality, esthetics, space utilization, serenity and outdoor living.

Finally, we are happy to present our first tiny studio design - The Lily Pad and although tiny, is big on style and has a green thumb! 🙂🍃

Here functionality meets design with minimum impact in mind. We are constantly striving to minimize our carbon footprint and we have implemented several green solutions throughout the build and design process - hydronic radiant heat, reclaimed wood and materials, eco-insulation, reclaimed glass windows and doors, etc. 🌿

The tiny, minimalist space is meant to make one reconnect with nature - just watch the birds bathing or the fish playing with the light reflections in the water. 🌿

It’s perfect for artists, writers, business travelers and people who love to have Mother Nature at their door step and who would love to get put to sleep by the sound of the water just outside your windows. 🌿

It’s located in the heart of Emeryville, bordering Oakland - just across San Francisco, off Bay Bridge.

It’s close to highways, shops, movie theater, local restaurants and shops:
• 15 min drive to downtown San Francisco; Berkeley; Oakland;
• 40 min drive to San Francisco International Airport; Napa; Silicon Valley

With easy FREE street PARKING!

WALK SCORE: 80 very walkable BiKE SCORE: 72 ( out of 100)

It's an easy commute to downtown San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland and moments away from local cafes, bars, restaurants, Emeryville Marina and bay side nature trails.
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OUR GUESTS:

• Looking for people who would LOVE to experience TINY minimalist living and travel with a minimum carbon footprint in mind.

• Looking for people who love nature at their doorstep and appreciate the serenity and contribute to the peaceful environment we tried to create and envision for our guests.

• Looking for RESPECTFUL, QUIET, CLEAN and ORGANIZED guests

• Our guests are KIND, easy-going and loving folks ONLY who contribute to the peaceful oasis we have tried to create and have put so much work and love into it!

It comfortably sleeps 1 person.

🔻MAX OCCUPANCY at all times:
1 person🔻

🌿We are proud to announce that we are SCENT FREE accommodation! We DON’T USE any artificial fragrances, air-fresheners, dryer sheets, etc. We are constantly improving our choice of products to include natural organic scent free or natural products with organic essential oils.
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HOSTS:
We live on the property and you will see us or my parents feeding the fish or tending to the gardens. It’s guest responsibility to maintain their own privacy using the shades provided since we share the garden with our guests!

COMPLIMENTARY AMENITIES: 🍃

~heated floors throughout - hydronic radiant heat controlled by a Smart Nest thermostat ( green and allergy, asthma friendly)

~small kitchenette set up for a very light cooking

~Small refrigerator

~microwave

~electric ceramic stove

~mini oven with a toaster combo

~Nespresso Machine

~FREE Wireless Internet

~SMART TV

~cable TV, premium channels Discovery, Science, HBO, movies, NEWS, etc.

~fully equipped with utensils, glasses, cups, etc.

~cotton linens provided

~cotton towels provided

~ beautiful SHARED garden with a hammock and a koi fish pond

~ May use our WASHER and DRYER ( available for stays 6 days and longer ) SHARED
Hours: 10 am - 6 pm

~FREE STREET PARKING

🔻NOTE: The FRIDGE can be audible, especially during the night. You can turn the dial to 0 at night while you sleep if you’d like.

We also have provided ear plugs for your comfort and the G00GLE mini can play ocean waves white noise, etc.
Hope this helps!

THE APPARTMENT:🍃

The apartment is on the ground level of our Craftsman house.

It's nestled all the way in the back of the house, hidden in the greenery with a separate entrance.

The sunken excavation provides both privacy from the neighbors, insulative properties to keep the space warm in winter and cool in summer. It also creates a serene environment and a feeling of being emerged into the nature.

Very private and secluded.

It feels like a green oasis - serene and peaceful.

It has a great SHARED outdoor garden with koi fish pond, lemon trees, bougainvillea, flowering plants on a very quiet street, just 2 blocks away from animation Studio PIXAR, walking distance to local bars, shops, restaurants.

Very convenient FREE shuttle ( Emery-go-round) to BART ( metro station), shops and Emeryville Marina.

Great for artists, writers, business travelers or visitors who love nature and plan to explore the area during the day.
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THE HOSTS: 🍃

We are a friendly, quiet and considerate couple - landscape architect and a musician ( Nick ) and a psychologist ( Albena ).

We are both born and raised in Europe and made beautiful San Francisco Bay our home. We've built our dream guest apartment for our families and friends when they visit from Europe.

We live here and you’ll see us around feeding the fish and tending to the gardens. We love sharing our garden with our guests. When no one is visiting, we love home sharing it with the world.

We love Art, design, architecture, music, traveling, plants, outdoors, books and dancing.

We are both vegetarians!
This is our home and we love it!
We would be happy to assist if possible.
If you need anything essential to your stay that is NOT on our list with amenities please communicate PRIOR to your booking!

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OUR VISION:🍃

• We have tried to design a GREEN, MINIMALISTIC, and fully FUNCTIONAL space for a comfortable, modern, SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE living and peaceful co-existence with all humans and animals!

THANK YOU for assisting us in keeping it that way by:

• conserving energy and resources
• treating your hosts, our neighbors and our home with respect!

🦋 Yes, we are Certified Natural Wildlife Habitat! 🦋

Outside you may encounter butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, raccoons, possums, neighborhood cats, wild turkeys strolling down the street - all part of our eco-system.
If you are afraid of animals and this will affect your stay, we understand if you might consider a different accommodation or a hotel room instead.

Now, off to plant some more milkweed!🌿

THE NEIGHBORHOOD:🍃

Emeryville is just across the BAY BRIDGE from San Francisco.

It's centrally located, minutes away from downtown San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland.
Hip, modern and safe neighborhood, 2 blocks away form Animation Studio Pixar, Novartis, Bayer.

WALKING DISTANCE to great local bars and restaurants, Trader Joe's, Boutiques, Movie theatre, Emery Train station, Shopping plaza, etc.
WALK SCORE: 80 very walkable
BIKE SCORE: 90

We have Ford bike station just down the street. 🚲 🚲 🚲

(How Walk Score Works
Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live.
Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.
Walk Score Bike Score
90–100Walker’s Paradise
Daily errands do not require a car
70–89Very Walkable
Most errands can be accomplished on foot.)
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San Francisco Bay Ferry now offers ferry service to Chase Center in San Francisco for Golden State Warriors home games and select special events and music concerts. It’s our favorite way to go see our favorite artist.

LOCATION:🍃

Very strategic central location - close to anywhere in the Bay area.

Emeryville is just across the BAY BRIDGE from San Francisco.

GETTING AROUND:🍃

• free shuttle to Bart ( metro), Marina, Grocery shops, boutiques;

• walking distance to ANIMATION STUDIO PIXAR, coffee shops, bars and restaurants;

• 10-15 min driving distance to downtown San Francisco;

• 30-40 min to San Francisco International Airport

• 40-60 min drive to Silicon Valley;

• 40-60 min drive to wine country Napa, Sonoma

• 4 hours drive to beautiful lake Tahoe ( skiing in the winter, swimming in the summer);

• 4 hours drive to Yosemitte;

• 3 hours drive to Big Sur;

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:🍃

~FREE SHUTTLE to BART ( metro, subway)
~a 3 min walk to a bus stop
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RENTING A CAR:🍃

~walking distance to several major rental car companies

~zipcar location down the street ( zipcar is a car-share start-up; if you need a car per hour or per a day - low driving rates
(from $8.25/hr and $89/day)

OUR VISION:🍃

We have tried to design a green, minimalistic, and fully functional space for a comfortable, modern, socially responsible living!🌿

Thank you for assisting us in keeping it that way!
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Easy access:

• Ground floor through wooden fence to the right of the staircase all the way to the back of the house.

• Lock box with a key inside.

• Customized Lock box code given prior to arrival.

• Please communicate your check-in/check out times.

We live on property and you will be seeing us feeding the fish / tending to the gardens. Please feel free to say hi and reach out should you need any assistance. We are also just a text away and accessible but respect each other’s time and privacy!

We answer usually within minutes, through Airbnb messaging system ONLY.
( please call in emergency ONLY )

Hours: between 9 am - 8 pm.

If an issue arise, we would try to take care of it right away in the best possible way.
Please be kind and give us an opportunity to fix it

Residential, quiet and peaceful neighborhood, 2 blocks away form Animation Studio Pixar, Novartis, Bayer and just across the beautiful Bay Bridge and San Francisco.

• 20 min (9 miles) to Moscone Center in San Francisco

Walking distance or a short drive to great local bars and restaurants, Trader Joe's, iconic Berkeley Bowl, Boutiques, Movie theatre, Emery Train Amtrak station, Shopping plaza, UC Berkeley etc.

Very strategic central location - close to anywhere in the Bay area.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

• FREE SHUTTLE to BART ( metro, subway), PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, iconic BERKELEY BOWL ( groceries) 🚌

• a 3 min walk to a bus stops

• TransBay Bus F is about 7-10 min walk and take to San Francisco downtown Salesforce tower in less than 20 min. 🚌

• FordGo Bike station on our street ( 2 min walk )
Pick up a bike and ride into San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville or San Jose
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🌿We have tried to design a green, minimalistic, and fully functional space for a comfortable, modern, minimalist and socially responsible living! 🌿

Thank you for assisting us in keeping it that way!
Please conserve resources and turn off lights and Nest thermostat when not in use.

It’s a ground floor TINY Guest Studio with Murphy bed.

We look for people who are friendly, kind, independent travelers and easy-going, on business here or exploring the area.

• depending on your provider there is a chance you have limited cell phone reception. Turning wi-fi calling on on your phone takes care of this. Go to settings > cellular > Wi-Fi calling ON ✅

The koi fish pond and the lush garden just outside your steps are your living room.

📸 outdoor surveillance installed for our own safety. It monitors point of entry and covered porch.

#modern #peaceful #minimalist #urbanoasis #garden #koifishpond #tropicalgardens

Enjoy!
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Sleeping Configuration

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Bedroom 1
1 double bed

What this place offers

Suitability

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No events allowed
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No smoking allowed
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No Parking

Meet The Host

Albena
Owner
Albena
We are friendly, kind and easy-going hosts who love sharing our home with the world!
IconMember since: September 2019
IconSpeaks: English , Bulgarian
IconResponse rate: 100%
IconResponse time: within a few hours

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Policies and Rules

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Check In: 4PM - Flexible
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Check Out: Flexible
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No pets
Maximum occupancy: 1

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The Lily Pad - Emeryville is a Condo located in Emeryville, California, United States. This Condo is available for short term lodging and accommodates 1 guest
The Lily Pad - Emeryville has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and was listed on Houfy on Feb 2024

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